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ACAC’s shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides temporary shelter stays for men, women, and children, with lodging for single guests and more private spaces for families. On average, 70 people per night are housed in the ACAC Emergency Shelter. Support for shelter guests is provided in the form of specialized case management for guidance in obtaining long-term housing. ACAC works with several community partners to provide support services to shelter guests during their stay, and continued support once they have exited the shelter. Local partner agencies have helped provide mental health counseling, employment support, and other wrap-around services to ACAC’s guests.
ACAC uses rapid re-housing (RRH) and coordinated intake in order to appropriately house individuals in the shortest amount of time possible. RRH uses short-term strategies to help families quickly move out of homelessness and into permanent housing. These may include providing supportive services to help a household quickly secure housing, providing short-term financial and rental assistance, and addressing barriers to long-term housing stability. As the largest and only emergency shelter of its kind in the county, ACAC has taken the lead to work towards ending homelessness as we know it today. The RRH model is not only a simpler, more efficient way to address homelessness, but it is proven to work.
Allied Churches of Alamance County (ACAC) was founded in 1982 as an interdenominational collaboration of churches united to meet the needs of the hungry, homeless, and hopeless in Alamance County, N.C. Today, ACAC provides food, shelter, and resources to all in need in its facility in downtown Burlington.
Currently, Allied Churches operates the largest shelter, food pantry, and meal programs in Alamance County.